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Podcast: What Good is Generative AI to Manufacturing?

Sept. 6, 2023
ChatGPT can crank out funny song lyrics in seconds, but what can it do on a shop floor?

Generative AI is the big tech story of the moment, but can it really do anything? Sure, it can rewrite a term paper for a college student, generate customer pitches for salespeople or give you a (wildly inaccurate) summary of what really happened in Roswell, New Mexico. But can it improve toolpaths for machine tools, cut wasted motions in robots or improve flow through your manufacturing operations?

To answer that, IndustryWeek recently invited several of our colleagues from Endeavor Business Media to discuss what's possible with generative AI now, and what might be coming in the future. Bob Vavra from Machine Design and Mike Bacidore from Control Design joined us to mull over the topic. The following podcast is a recording from that Aug. 31 livestreamed conversation.

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Robert Schoenberger



Bio: Robert Schoenberger has been writing about manufacturing technology in one form or another since the late 1990s. He began his career in newspapers in South Texas and has worked for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland where he spent more than six years as the automotive reporter. In 2014, he launched Today's Motor Vehicles (now EV Manufacturing & Design), a magazine focusing on design and manufacturing topics within the automotive and commercial truck worlds. He joined IndustryWeek in late 2021.

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